Tring parents’ plea: ‘Stop speeding past our children’s school’

Speed camera
Speed camera

Worried parents have voiced their concerns over speeding motorists on the road outside their children’s school in Tring.

Grove Road Primary School does not have a school crossing patrol nor a zebra crossing, and despite speed bumps parents say they witness drivers exceeding 30mph.

Mum-of-three Helen Dear is very concerned for the safety of her children when walking to and from the Grove Road school.

Helen, who moved to Tring in December, said: “It’s a horrible, scary experience. My son recently stumbled and fell into the road, and was narrowly missed by a car.

“The pavements are really narrow so you feel very vulnerable.

“Holding on to three young children is hard.”

Another mother said: “We have two young children and two cats, – one of which was hit badly by a car outside but amazingly survived – and we are so fed up with the speeding and careless driving on our road.

“We are going to campaign for the road to be made a 20mph zone.”

The school’s headteacher Sharon Sanderson said: “The school will continue to work with the Safer Routes team to access training for the children on safe pedestrian skills.

“We remain hopeful that Hertfordshire County Council will recognise the need for safer crossing provision outside the school.”

Councillor Nick Hollinghurst, who represents the area on Herts County Council, said: “The footpaths are not brilliant, the surface is very poor and this is deterring these ladies from taking their children to school.

He says the county’s highways department has agreed for two stretches of pavement to be relaid in the near future.

He also confirmed that there is a proposal due shortly for a zebra crossing to be introduced on Grove Road, as part of the Tring and Berkhamsted Urban Transport Plan.